The most controversial sentence ever written

The first verse in the Bible is a short and powerful sentence:

‘In the beginning God [Elohim, the plural form of God] created the heavens and the earth.’  Genesis 1:1

Scripture is the link between the invisible and the visible, between the supernatural and the natural.  This first verse explains it: an invisible powerful God created the heavens and the earth.  We know about it because we have the truthful Word of God.  This means that the Holy Bible, the Word of God, is man’s precious revelation from an Extraterrestrial God about Him and why He created the universe.

What do we deduct from this very first verse?

(Do not forget that we are privileged to have the rest of the Bible’s 66 books to fill in the gaps of the short creation account.)

We know from history that this verse has generated the most heat ever in families, societies, countries, and the world at large.  Why?  Its claims sound a bit like science fiction.  Could there be a real God who created the universe in six 24-hour days?  All of it?  No wonder it is often regarded as ‘myth.’

God is not alone in the creation business.

Actually, He was not alone all along since He is eternal.  He was never created.  As said, the word for God in Genesis 1:1 is plural.  We meet the Holy Spirit in verse 2, ‘…and the Holy Spirit was hovering over the waters.’  In addition the New Testament gives more information about the third person involved in the creation: Jesus. 1

Time began with creation.

Before that, there was no time.  It is logical, since the sun and moon function as time keepers.  Also, there was besides the Trinity, nothing else.  No space, no matter.  Hebrews 11:3 tells us, ‘By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.’ 

It introduces God’s creative abilities.

This first verse in Genesis that introduces God’s creative abilities, is proof that the Holy Spirit inspired Scripture.  Moses (regarded as the writer of the Pentateuch) grew up in Pharaoh’s court in Egypt.  The Israelite slaves spent many years building store cities, pyramids, monuments, et cetera.  Moses understood very well that construction takes time.  So creation of the physical universe in six days does sound a bit far fetched.  Yet he wrote inspired by the Holy Spirit.

The first creation prepares us for another creation.

‘Behold, I will create a new heavens and a new earth.  The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.’ 2   This first creation is just a prototype.  The real thing is coming.  It will be preceded by a massive fire such as the world has never seen.  It will destroy every element of the natural universe, ‘…The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare….  That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.’ 3   Then God will create the ‘final’ one.  The new heavens and earth will be supernatural and eternal.  Therefore there will be no need for the elements that make up our present natural universe.  The coming miracles are a ‘fact.’  We don’t need to doubt it.

  • Countless billions of people will be resurrected.  ‘Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.’4  Only the God that Genesis 1:1 introduces, has the ability to do that.  It calls for a powerful Lord to first create the universe from nothing, then destroy it by fire and again make something completely new.
  • The new heaven and earth will be made of something we don’t know.  It will not consist of atoms, molecules, et cetera.  It will be ‘God stuff.’  Revelation 21 does talk of gold, precious stones, the street of gold, the water of the river of life and the tree of life.  Yet they will be eternal and never wear out.
  • Jesus’ resurrected body is flesh and bones (no blood) and already exists for 2,000 years.  Does He have DNA?  Nobody knows.  1 John 3 tells us that we will be like Him.
  • The world pokes fun at the ‘pie in the sky’ we expect.  Yet the pie in the sky will be the New Jerusalem.  It will descend out of heaven.  The throne of the Father and the Son will be in the New Jerusalem and billions of resurrected saints, together with the holy angels, will serve God.
  • What a wonderful future waits for God’s loyal, faithful followers.  And where did this wonderful adventure or journey begin?  With Genesis 1:1,  ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’  Glory, glory to our King, is all we can exclaim!

Conclusion

It is important to know that Genesis 1:1 is true.  Scripture hangs on it, God’s reputation rests on it, and the hope of billions of Jesus’ followers are based on it.

PS!

Who created God?

To answer it, we rely on Scripture.

It tells us that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit existed eternally.

We know that everything that was created has to have a cause.

God is uncreated, so He has no cause, nobody created Him.

The universe came into existence, so it has a cause.  The cause is God.

References

  1. John 1:3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:16; and Hebrews 1:2
  2. Isaiah 65:17
  3. 2 Peter 3:10,12
  4. Daniel 12:2

The strange times we live in

As we look at the news, we understand that we live in strange times.  It is a time in which leaders are deposed and wars and coups abound.  Nations are restless, people riot, things happen at alarming speed, et cetera.

We want to concentrate on one strange aspect of our times.

It concerns a certain book, called the Bible.  That book tells us there is an Almighty God.

  • Yet the world says that God is a myth (think Richard Dawkins).
  • They tell us the Bible is ‘a product of man, not of God’ (think Dan Brown and The DaVinci Code).
  • They tell us the writers of the Bible were backwoodsmen who were uneducated and unscientific (think Richard Dawkins again and many of God’s enemies).
  • They tell us the Bible is just another book among the religions of the world.  Therefore it is of no consequence.  We can all do without that Cosmic Tyrant, God (think atheists and other haters of the Bible).

Yet, and here is the anomaly.

  • The very first verse in the Bible, Genesis 1:1, says, ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’  Now, if the Bible is just a book, and God a myth who only gives Christians a crutch, why did a ‘cottage industry’ of magnificent size spring up around this verse?
  • This ‘cottage industry’s’ sole intent and purpose is to disprove that verse.  It is the ‘evolution industry’ with its massive investment in writers, researchers, laboratories, news media, science journals, education laws, and many others.
  • Most people are aware of this massive effort to undo the first verse of the Bible.

The question we want to answer is, what is behind it all?

Who is desperate enough to convince people that:

They are just evolved apes that developed from an unknown ape-like ancestor?

  • They have to accept that there is no life after death.  They should not even question it.  Their genes are those of an evolved animal, so when they die that is also the end of them.
  • They don’t have a free will to make the choice the Bible presents.  Yet free will is permissible when they decide where to work, what clothes to wear, food to eat, or whatever.

Genesis 1:1 is even offensive in the theological world, the Church.

  • Many, many followers of Jesus side with the world and claim that Genesis 1 is nonsense.  There is no way that God created in six days.  It happened by chance over billions of years.
  • The question is why would Christians deny this clear demonstration of God’s omnipotence and wisdom?

Why is Genesis 1:1 so important that there is so much effort to disprove it? 

  • It is the best proof that there is a ruler over the world who hates God.  He is called the deceiver, ‘The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent [Genesis 3:1] called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.  He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.’ 1
  • Here on earth, the devil and his angels oppose God’s plan.  Ephesians 6:12 says, ‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, agains the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.’ 

If God was not powerful enough to create the first universe in 6 days,

  • There can be no new heavens and earth, ‘But in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.’ 2
  • There is no hope that Revelation 21-22 can be true.  Then the Bible’s message of eternal bliss and happiness in God’s presence, is ‘a pie in the sky.’
  • There can be no big bang to end this present creation and usher in the new heaven and earth, as described in 2 Peter 3:10, ‘But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.  The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.’
  • There can be no cosmic catastrophes, as in Revelation 8:6-13.  Hail and fire mixed with blood will be hurled on earth, a huge blazing mountain will be thrown into the sea, a blazing star will fall on a third of the rivers and springs of water and a third of the sun, moon and stars will be darkened.

Conclusion

The ruler of this world, the devil, knows God’s power and plans for an eternal Kingdom very well.  He lost his opportunity to be part of it.  So he wants as many people as possible to follow his disastrous way.  To achieve that he attacks the central core of Scripture – God’s omnipotence to create the foundation of what will eventually be the new heavens and earth.

References

  1. Revelation 12:9
  2. 2 Peter 3:13